Newcastle United’s second string have lost at home to part-time Morpeth Town of the Northern League.

Tuesday night saw the United reserves lose 3-1 to Morpeth and exit the Northumberland Senior Cup, with the victors playing Blyth Spartans in the final.

Well played to the visitors but you have to say there wasn’t a single player in the Newcastle team who looked remotely anywhere near the standard needed to play in the Premier League, despite players such as Alnwick and Satka being involved who have been in and around the first team.

Morpeth not only won the match but dominated it as well, arguably deserving to win by more than the two goal margin.

From the start the visitors were on the attack and could have taken the lead a number of times before Sean Taylor scored the first just after the 20 minute mark, Jak Alnwick culpable with a shocking kick that gifted the goal.

In a rare attack a handful of minutes later though, Tom Heardman finished off a decent move and surprisingly levelled it for United totally against the run of play.

The Newcastle goal failed to change the flow of play and Morpeth will have wondered if their chance had gone as they wasted more chances to get back in front before half-time.

They need not have worried as whatever was said to the United team at the break by Peter Beardsley didn’t do any good, in fact if anything they were worse than the first period of play.

A couple of minutes after the break Taggert scored Morpeth’s second and they never looked back.

Olivier Kemen was the best of a bad bunch for Newcastle but that wasn’t saying much, at least the young Frenchman showed a bit of composure but it was too little too late.

Suddick added an own goal with just under ten minutes left and Morpeth were home and hosed.

The crowd of 405 were left wondering which side had the promising full-time professional footballers and it’s good luck to Morpeth in the final, as they play the higher level Blyth Spartans in the final.

Newcastle United: Alnwick, Sterry, Suddick, Satka, Gillesphey, Broccoli, Kemen, Smith, Heardman, Quinn, Holmes (Storey 81)



  • Hughie

    Remember these are juniors playing against an experienced Northern League outfit who had several players who played at a similar apprentice/ junior level with league clubs. If we are lucky, 2 or 3 of the present batch might make PL standard. That is the norm. Your damning verdict is unrealistic–try watching the Northern League sometime, it is a surprisingly high standard.

  • newcastle7

    Morpeth were a credit to the Northern League and ran their socks off with Sean Taylor the man of the match and Novak impressive in all areas of the pitch.On the day the Morpeth manager was able to motivate his players whereas Newcastle’s could not.I wish wish Morpeth every success in the final in what should be a cracking match.